What is Prayer? ~ Hymn

What is Prayer?

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of the eye,
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters heaven with prayer.

Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, “Behold, he prays!”

O Thou by whom we come to God,
The life, the truth, the way,
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray.

Words: James Montgomery

(1771-1854) Hymnwriter from Scotland. Montgomery wrote four hundred hymns, many which, like this classic, are still sung today.

Today like everyday there are good reasons to pray…

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “What is Prayer? ~ Hymn

  1. My morning reading in Luke was Jesus’ teaching the disciples how to pray. I’m so glad for the prayers recorded in the Bible for us, and for the privilege of prayer that is ours!

  2. Thank you! I love this poem, I will read it to my children today; We are starting today a journey into the depths of prayer. We will be studying this summer in our home about prayer; so this poem/ hymn is a beautiful starter.


  3. Ellen, I love this… it especially hit me as I’ve had some conversation with a friend around the topic of what prayer is… I did not see this earlier… so well expressed here.

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